A writing assignment! What to do?


Many organizations have multiple rounds of interviews before they actually hire a young professional. Often one of these rounds contains writing an advice or working on a case. At the National Police, the selection procedure of the department of information management includes writing an advice. To make sure that you, as a starting young professional, are as prepared as possible, we give you five tips on how to write an advice.

Tip 1: Read
Writing about the financial profits a company could gain is not always the main goal of the organization. Prepare yourself! What is the mission and vision of the organization you are applying for? What do they stand for? What drives the organization? Take this into account while writing your advice.

Tip 2: Pick the right style
What kind of style do you use for your writing assignment? Do you write formal or informal? Do you put the focus on the arguments which are supporting your advice, or is the focus that you write the ‘right’ advice? Does the organization want a short and powerful advice or maybe they want to have an extended version? Most of the time, this kind of information can be found online.  Do you want to show that you took time to write a good advice, and also took their lay-out into account, then you should use the logo of the organization and use their structure (think of the font, colors etc.). When you do this, you will stand out of the crowd to the organization.

Tip 3: A good beginning and a strong ending
With a little bit of bad luck, you are writing the 100th advice for the organization. A standard opening will not be sufficient, so make sure that your opening is catchy and fun to read. Make a statement (if possible) and make it interesting for the reader to read further. Additionally, write a strong ending to make sure that the reader is convinced in the end and think: “This advice has persuaded me”.

Tip 4: Dare to ask
If the possibilities arise that you can ask questions about the case, do it! It is possible that they do not give you any answers, not the right answer or simply say ‘yes’ or ’no’, but even this is valuable information. Also it shows that you are not afraid to ask questions and that you would like to listen to the wishes and recommendations of your potential employer.

Tip 5: Double check
It might sound easy, but many candidates make too many grammar mistakes or write weirdly structured sentences. When you write a very good advice, but your introduction is full of mistakes, you lose the reader. The mistakes get more attention than the content of your advice.
But how do you check your own work? Read it out loud. Reading out loud makes you read critically, which helps you to easily spot mistakes. You can ask someone else to check your advice, someone else can spot mistakes, you didn’t.

These were our five tips! We hope this will help you by writing a good advice/case. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to send us an email at feline.de.vries@politie.nl or inge.de.jong@politie.nl

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